UWO softball wins four of five transition to college football

Michael Johrendt

Looking to hold their spot in the top of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings, the UW Oshkosh women’s softball team competed this past week and came away with four wins against only one loss. They improved their road record to 6-1, as all of these games were away. The Titans went up against UW-Stevens Point on April 22 won the first game by a score of 7-3. The Titans had eight hits and seven runs with no errors, and the Pointers brought home three runners on seven hits with one error. “Since we have a deep bench, anyone can be called on at anytime,” junior Hayden Krueger said. “I believe that anyone can step up and have a big hit or big play and I feel like that it is a very important aspect to have as a team.” The leaders for the Titans included junior shortstop Haley Bayreuther getting three hits and driving home a run, Krueger hitting a double, a home run and getting two RBIs, and starting pitcher sophomore Sara Brunlieb getting her 16th win of the season by pitching five innings and only allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out five. “Having good team chemistry is very important at this time in the season, which we have,” senior catcher Katie Koepsel said. “Our team chemistry is one of our strengths, knowing that we have each others backs on and off the field, and that is what makes us so close.” On Sunday, April 19, Oshkosh and UW-Stout swapped games in their doubleheader. Oshkosh won the first game, 5-4, while Stout took the finale in a tight game 3-2. In the Titan’s win, freshman third baseman Erika Berry came through with two hits and two RBI’s, and Krueger also drove in two runs. Brunlieb secured her 15th win of the season by getting all but one out in the game, as freshman pitcher Clare Robbe came on and got her second save this season. “It is very important for us to finish strong this season,” Berry said. “It has been exciting seeing all of our hard work paying off so far and we believe that we can continue with our success, but we also know that anything can happen when it comes to conference standings, so we stay focused on one game at a time and just have fun.” In the second game of the day, the Titans fell to Stout, even with Robbe’s strong performance. She had eight strikeouts and only allowed five hits, while Bayreuther provided the offense by driving in both runs scored by the Titans. April 21st the Titans faced off in another doubleheader against UW-River Falls and came away with winning both games, 4-1 and 3-2. In the first game, Koepsel tied the school record for home runs in a career with 31 by hitting one towards the end of the game. It was her ninth of the season. Brunlieb pitched both games and received wins in both games, keeping her loss total at three. She pitched a complete game with four hits and one run allowed in the first game, and she relieved Robbe in the second game and received the win after four and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief. The Titans continue their season as they face Ripon College for a doubleheader at home on April 25 and travel to UW-La Crosse on April 26 for a doubleheader that most likely will determine who wins the conference.